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* BlackBestFriend: Julie has a sassy black roommate in college called Deb.


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* TokenBlackFriend: Julie has a sassy black roommate in college called Deb.


* BloodlessCarnage: [[SubvertedTrope Almost]]. The film was originally shot with almost no onscreen blood, but that changed when producer Erik Feig noted that with [[spoiler:Elsa’s death]], it would be medically impossible for there ‘’not’’ to be blood. So that scene was reshot with a visual effect of blood splattering on glass.

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* BloodlessCarnage: [[SubvertedTrope Almost]]. The film was originally shot with almost no onscreen blood, but that changed when producer Erik Feig noted that with [[spoiler:Elsa’s death]], it would be medically impossible for there ‘’not’’ ''not'' to be blood. So that scene was reshot with a visual effect of blood splattering on glass.


** Elsa still living at home isn't really given an explanation in the film either. Helen's family in the book were struggling financially, with lots of children to look after. Elsa still lives at home to both give her family more money, and look after her younger siblings. It's just her and Helen in the film, and Elsa also has quite a nice job as the supervisor in their parents' department store - so it's unexplained why Elsa is still at home (although we only see her interact with Helen before she goes to bed, so it's possible she does live somewhere else and happened to be at the house that night).

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** Elsa still living at home isn't really given an explanation in the film either. Helen's family in the book were struggling financially, with lots of children to look after. Elsa still lives at home to both give her family more money, and look after her younger siblings. It's just her and Helen Their younger siblings aren't seen or mentioned in the film, and Elsa also has quite a nice job as the supervisor in their parents' department store - so it's unexplained why Elsa is still at home (although we only see her interact with Helen before she goes to bed, so it's possible she does live somewhere else and happened to be at the house that night).



** Helen likewise [[spoiler: only lives in the book because the killer has gone to target Julie, with a LetsGetDangerous moment of climbing out her apartment window]]. Here she's able to fight the killer off multiple times [[spoiler: but ironically dies]].

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** Helen likewise [[spoiler: only lives in the book because the killer has gone to target Julie, with a LetsGetDangerous moment of climbing out her apartment window]]. Here she's able to fight the killer off multiple times [[spoiler: but ironically dies]].doesn't walk away from their last encounter]].



* PoliceAreUseless: The inept cop in the first job who dismisses Helen as a hysteric [[spoiler: and ends up getting hooked himself.]]

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* PoliceAreUseless: The inept cop in the first job who dismisses Helen as a hysteric [[spoiler: and ends up getting hooked himself.]]


* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: A minor example. Elsa in the book is an overweight bitter girl who's jealous of Helen's beauty and easy success - she has to work long hours and still lives at home, while Helen gets a cushy job as a weather girl and is able to afford a nice apartment. In the movie Elsa is just as beautiful, and Helen has a failed attempt at becoming an actress and gets reduced to working in the family department store. So Elsa's jealousy and dislike of Helen isn't really explained.

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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: AdaptationExplanationExtrication:
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A minor example. Elsa in the book is an overweight bitter girl who's jealous of Helen's beauty and easy success - she has to work long hours and still lives at home, while Helen gets a cushy job as a weather girl and is able to afford a nice apartment. In the movie Elsa is just as beautiful, and Helen has a failed attempt at becoming an actress and gets reduced to working in the family department store. So Elsa's jealousy and dislike of Helen isn't really explained.explained.
** Elsa still living at home isn't really given an explanation in the film either. Helen's family in the book were struggling financially, with lots of children to look after. Elsa still lives at home to both give her family more money, and look after her younger siblings. It's just her and Helen in the film, and Elsa also has quite a nice job as the supervisor in their parents' department store - so it's unexplained why Elsa is still at home (although we only see her interact with Helen before she goes to bed, so it's possible she does live somewhere else and happened to be at the house that night).
* AdaptationNameChange:
** Helen and Elsa's last name Rivers becomes Shivers.
** The victim goes from David Gregg to David Egan.
** David's sister goes from Megan to Missy.



* AdaptationalBadass: In the book, Julie is knocked out while Ray fights the killer offscreen. In the film, she helps him fight the killer.
* AdaptationalIntelligence: In the film Julie is said to have been an excellent student whose grades are slipping due to the trauma of the accident. It's the opposite in the book - where Julie was a slacker who had to really work hard to improve her grades after the accident.

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* AdaptationalBadass: AdaptationalBadass:
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In the book, Julie is knocked out while Ray fights the killer offscreen. In the film, she helps him fight the killer.
** Helen likewise [[spoiler: only lives in the book because the killer has gone to target Julie, with a LetsGetDangerous moment of climbing out her apartment window]]. Here she's able to fight the killer off multiple times [[spoiler: but ironically dies]].
* AdaptationalIntelligence: AdaptationalIntelligence:
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In the film Julie is said to have been an excellent student whose grades are slipping due to the trauma of the accident. It's the opposite in the book - where Julie was a slacker who had to really work hard to improve her grades after the accident.accident.
** Helen arguably in the book was more naive, bordering on ditzy sometimes (she's oblivious to Barry cheating on her). At the accident, she's at first trying to talk some sense into the boys (she's considering going to the police), doesn't hesitate to fire back at Barry with taunts and helps Julie figure out some of the clues (in the book it was Ray who did this).



* AdaptationalWealth: The book says that Helen's family is fairly poor, with a lot of kids, and Elsa is still at home because her family needs the money. In the film, they own a department store and seem to have a nice house. Helen is the opposite; she's able to afford an apartment of her own in the book, while she's still at home in the film.



* BadassLongcoat: The fisherman's raincoat.
* BeautyContest: Helen wins one at the start of the film.

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* BadassLongcoat: The fisherman's raincoat.
raincoat. It's probably no coincidence that [[spoiler: he dies when he's no longer wearing it]].
* BeautyContest: Helen wins one at the start of the film. film to become the 'Croaker Queen'. The next year, she rides in the parade and helps officiate the other contest.



* TraumaticHaircut: The killer cuts off some of Helen's hair while she's asleep.
** The next scene has her wearing a cap to hide it.
* TrueBlueFemininity: The dress that Helen wears in the Croaker Queen pageant is a light blue.

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* TraumaticHaircut: The killer cuts off some of Helen's hair while she's asleep.
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asleep. The next scene has her wearing a cap to hide it.
it, but it's been tidied up by the time she rides in the parade.
* TrueBlueFemininity: The dress that Helen wears in the Croaker Queen pageant is a light blue. Very fitting for a feminine pageant queen.
* UnexplainedAccent: Anne Heche for some reason puts on a southern accent for her role as Missy. As we never hear her brother David speak, it's unclear why she has this voice.


* BloodlessCarnage: [[SubvertedTrope Almost]]. The film was originally shot with almost no onscreen blood, but that changed when producer Erik Feig noted that with [[spoiler:Elsa’s death]], it would be medically impossible for there ‘’not’’ to be blood. So that scene was reshot with a visual effect of blood splattering on glass.



* ChekhovsGunman: Max initially just seems to exist to provide suspense about whether or not they'll get caught after the hit and run.



* ChekhovsGunman: Max initially just seems to exist to provide suspense about whether or not they'll get caught after the hit and run.


* AlliterativeName: Applied to boats: Ray’s boat is the Billy Blue while [[spoiler:Ben Willis’]] is the Sweet Susie.

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* AlliterativeName: Applied to boats: Ray’s Ray's boat is the Billy Blue '''B'''illy '''B'''lue while [[spoiler:Ben Willis’]] Willis']] is the Sweet Susie.'''S'''weet '''S'''usie.

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* AlliterativeName: Applied to boats: Ray’s boat is the Billy Blue while [[spoiler:Ben Willis’]] is the Sweet Susie.

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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler:Officer Caporizo]] after the Fisherman stabs him.


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* SlashersPreferBlondes: Of the killer’s targets, [[spoiler:the blond Barry and Helen are killed while the dark-haired Julie and Ray survive]].

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* RunningOverThePlot: What they did last summer was run over a pedestrian walking on a coastal road and put the body in the water. The twist is that [[spoiler:he didn't actually die, and he's back for revenge.]]


* * KidDetective: referenced but mostly averted when Helen and Julie go to the Egen's house and Helen nervously references ''Series/MurderSheWrote''. They're also a little older than most versions of this trope.

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* * KidDetective: referenced but mostly averted when Helen and Julie go to the Egen's house and Helen nervously references ''Series/MurderSheWrote''. They're also a little older than most versions of this trope.


** Elsa, Helen's sister, is described as very unattractive throughout the book. In the movie, she's just as pretty as Helen is. Elsa was written as plain looking in the script; the director decided that if Helen is gorgeous, Elsa should be too.

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** Elsa, Helen's sister, is described as very unattractive throughout the book. In the movie, she's just as pretty as Helen is. Elsa was written as plain looking plain-looking in the script; the director decided that if Helen is gorgeous, Elsa should be too.



* BloodierAndGorier: The villain of the book ''I Know What You Did Last Summer'' never successfully killed anyone, while he kills several in this version.



* CondensationClue: Or possibly Cendensation SequelHook: the writing on the fogged-up shower stall glass at the end of the film, Foreshadowing the second film's title.

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* CondensationClue: Or possibly Cendensation Condensation SequelHook: the writing on the fogged-up shower stall glass at the end of the film, Foreshadowing {{Foreshadowing}} the second film's title.



* DownerEnding: The film ends with [[spoiler: the Fisherman being still alive and attacking Julie [[DeadlyBath while she was showering]] at her college, seemingly killing her. This was {{Retcon}}ed in [[Film/IStillKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer the sequel]] as [[AllJustADream a nightmare she had]].]]



* FanService:
** Jennifer Love Hewitt in that tank top she wears for the final third of the film.
** Sarah Michelle Gellar also walks around wearing hot pants in the second act.

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* FanService:
{{Fanservice}}:
** Jennifer Love Hewitt [[MsFanservice Julie]] in that a tight tank top she wears for the final third of the film.film and [[ModestyTowel only a towel]] at the end.
** Sarah Michelle Gellar Helen also walks around wearing [[PaintedOnPants hot pants pants]] in the second act.act.
** Barry {{shirtless|Scene}} in a [[ModestyTowel towel]] after showering.



* ModestyTowel:
** Barry covers himself in one showering in the gym's locker room.
** Julie walks around in a towel in TheStinger while talking to Ray on the phone and getting ready to shower. [[spoiler:But her [[InterruptedBath shower is delayed]] when she sees the [[CondensationClue "I STILL KNOW" message written on the foggy door]].]]



* RuleOfSymbolism: The accident and cover-up symbolise the loss of innocence from childhood to adulthood. The protagonists are teenagers graduating from high school, and the plot takes place after they've spent a year trying to live as adults. Helen notably has become a FallenPrincess, Julie was once a straight-A student whose grades are slipping, and Barry was once the BigManOnCampus that ends up in hospital. The characters lamenting how they can't go back to how their lives were before the accident parallels how they can't become innocent again.
* SacrificialLamb: Max, whose death was added in re-shoots, after filmmakers realised they needed to show that the killer posed a threat.

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* RuleOfSymbolism: The accident and cover-up symbolise symbolize the loss of innocence from childhood to adulthood. The protagonists are teenagers graduating from high school, and the plot takes place after they've spent a year trying to live as adults. Helen notably has become a FallenPrincess, Julie was once a straight-A student whose grades are slipping, and Barry was once the BigManOnCampus that ends up in the hospital. The characters lamenting how they can't go back to how their lives were before the accident parallels how they can't become innocent again.
* SacrificialLamb: Max, whose death was added in re-shoots, reshoots, after filmmakers realised realized they needed to show that the killer posed a threat.



* SchrodingersCanon: A lot of stuff about the characters families, such as Julie's mother having sensed something was wrong the night of the accident and Helen's MiddleChildSyndrome, given that Elsa is the only of her siblings confirmed to exist in the movie.

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* SchrodingersCanon: A lot of stuff about the characters character's families, such as Julie's mother having sensed something was wrong the night of the accident and Helen's MiddleChildSyndrome, given that Elsa is the only of her siblings confirmed to exist in the movie.



* ShirtlessScene: Barry gets one after taking a shower at a gym where he finds his own note from the Fisherman.

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* SexyDiscretionShot: Ray and Julie make out at the beach and she takes off her jacket. Ray asks, "Are you sure?" She nods, and they both fall on the sand kissing as the camera pans away.
* ShirtlessScene: Barry gets one after [[ShowerScene taking a shower at a gym gym]] and coming out in a ModestyTowel where he finds his own note from the Fisherman.Fisherman.
* TheStinger: The film closes with [[spoiler: Julie back at college a year later, about to take a shower when she sees the words [[CondensationClue "I STILL KNOW" written in the steam-covered door]], seconds before The Fisherman smashes through the glass and rushes towards her.]]



--> '''Helen:''' What ever happened to us? We used to be best friends.
--> '''Julie:''' We used to be a lot of things, Helen.

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--> '''Helen:''' What ever happened to us? We used to be best friends.
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friends.\\
'''Julie:''' We used to be a lot of things, Helen.


* ChekhovsGunman: Max initially just seems to exist to provide suspense about whether or not they'll get caught after the hit and run.



* * KidDetective: referenced but mostly averted when Helen and Julie go to the Egen's house and Helen nervously references ''Series/MurderSheWrote''. They're also a little older than most versions of this trope.



* SchrodingersCannon: A lot of stuff about the characters families, such as Julie's mother having sensed something was wrong the night of the accident and Helen's MiddleChildSyndrome, given that Elsa is the only of her siblings confirmed to exist in the movie.

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* SchrodingersCannon: SchrodingersCanon: A lot of stuff about the characters families, such as Julie's mother having sensed something was wrong the night of the accident and Helen's MiddleChildSyndrome, given that Elsa is the only of her siblings confirmed to exist in the movie.



* TeenDetective: referenced but mostly averted when Helen and Julei go to the Egen's house and Helen nervously references ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.


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** The next scene has her wearing a cap to hide it.

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* {{Jerkass}}: The deputy, who openly disbelieves Helen and not in a respectful way.


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* MoralMyopia: [[spoiler: Ben’s anger at losing his own daughter motivating his crimes]]. feels weak and hypocritical when he’s prepared to kill the Shivers sisters daughters after seeing their father while sneaking through the house and knowing [[spoiler: he'd be causing another family the same pain]]. especially given how Elsa was completely innocent of hitting him.


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* SchrodingersCannon: A lot of stuff about the characters families, such as Julie's mother having sensed something was wrong the night of the accident and Helen's MiddleChildSyndrome, given that Elsa is the only of her siblings confirmed to exist in the movie.


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* TeenDetective: referenced but mostly averted when Helen and Julei go to the Egen's house and Helen nervously references ''Series/MurderSheWrote''.


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* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Julie's more studious and career-oriented than tomboyish but Helen has the GirlyGirl half of the dynamic down.


The film was followed by two sequels: ''Film/IStillKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' (1998) and the straight-to-video ''Film/IllAlwaysKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' (2006). For tropes applying to the original novel, see [[Literature/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer its own page]].

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The film was followed by two sequels: ''Film/IStillKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' (1998) and the straight-to-video ''Film/IllAlwaysKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer'' (2006). In July 2019, it was announced that a television series based on the films was being developed for Creator/PrimeVideo, with Creator/JamesWan serving as a producer.

For tropes applying to the original novel, see [[Literature/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer its own page]].

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